Sony Announces New 4K Player, Prices 2014 UHD TVs
Sony is running headlong toward 4K, but can consumers keep up?
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It's been suggested that 2014 will be the year 4K goes mainstream, and Sony is certainly doing its part to make it so. Today, the company bolstered its Ultra HD proposition by revealing its second-generation 4K media player, the FMP-X10.
Thus far, the biggest strike against 4K adoption has been a lack of native-resolution content, either in physical or streaming format. With the FMP-X10, Sony is trying to provide an answer to the ever-more-pressing question, "When can I actually watch something in 4K?"
A direct successor to the $700 FMP-X1, the as-yet-unpriced FMP-X10 promises to deliver over 200 downloadable movies in native 4K, provide storage for a user's personal 4K videos, and offer a 4K-capable Netflix app. The FMP-X10 supports 4K resolution at up to 60fps and packs a full terabyte of storage.
This new media player could be a handy (if expensive) partner for first-gen 4K TVs that have been making do with upscaled 720p and 1080p content. But what if you haven't made the leap to 4K yet? Well, Sony has also just announced its 2014 4K TV prices, and they aren't likely to make mainstream shoppers jump: the cheapest is still over $2,000.
The flagship X950 series is available in 65- and 84-inch varieties, which will weigh in at $7,999 and $24,999 respectively. One step down, the X900 series is available in three sizes—55, 65, and 79 inches—at $3,999, $4,999, and $8,999 respectively. Finally, the X850 series offers the greatest variety at 49, 55, 65, and 70 inches, and ranges in price from $2,099 to $5,499.
While $2,100 is certainly among the lower prices we've seen for a name-brand 4K set, it's still far above the price range that most consumers target when comparison shopping 1080p TVs—and some will certainly question the usefulness of a 49-inch 4K screen.
Check out our full breakdown of Sony's 2014 TV lineup for more information on these 4K entrants.